- Seven people sustained injuries and two people are still missing.
- President Joe Biden issued a federal declaration of emergency.
- Sheriff reports that the Marshall Fire engulfed more than 500 homes and may have destroyed as many as 1,000.
- Wind gusts exceeded 100 mph.
Two people are still missing in Colorado’s worst fire, as residents return to their neighborhoods that were destroyed by the storm.
Joe Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff, celebrated Friday’s “miracle”, which saw no one be killed. But the Colorado Sun reported on Friday that he had not been properly briefed and two people were still missing.
9News reports Nadine Turnerbull, 91 years old, is one of these people. Her family reported her missing when she was separated from a family member while trying to flee the Superior Fire in Colorado.
At least seven more were hurt, but there have not been any deaths.
The Marshall Fire broke out in Boulder County suburbs on Thursday and left behind vast swathes of smoldering rubble by Friday morning.
Officials believe that up to 1,000 homes may have been destroyed, especially in Superior and Louisville.
Dry conditions and winds of more than 100 mph fuelled the fires that caused more then 30,000 people to flee roads choked by smoke, fire, and dust.
These dry, harsh conditions were followed by a snowstorm that engulfed the smoldering ruins with a layer of snow. Officials were able to keep the fire at bay and allow for evacuations. Louisville was covered in at least 8 inches.
Boil water advisories were in effect for the epicenters at Superior and Lousiville.
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